Fwd: Speak truth to Rush

From: Barbara P.
Sent on: Thursday, September 15, 2011 1:34 PM
Hey all...here's a chance for the more level-headed and articulate amoung us to get on the radio and get our views and positions out.  I've heard some right-wing people do this and it can be effective.

-----Original Message-----
From: Justin Ruben, MoveOn.org Political Action <[address removed]>
To: Barbara Peterson <[address removed]>
Sent: Wed, Sep 14,[masked]:39 pm
Subject: Speak truth to Rush

Dear MoveOn member,

If you had three minutes to set the record straight for all of Rush Limbaugh's and Sean Hannity's listeners, what would you say? Would you tell the truth about health care? Ask where the Republican jobs agenda is? Remind them that the tax rate was higher under Reagan than Obama?

Now you can actually have that opportunity.

Some progressive allies are launching a brand-new initiative that organizes ordinary folks to get accurate information out to the millions of listeners of right-wing radio. The program will train you to get on the air and persuasively present the other side of the story to their radical propaganda. We are under no illusions that it's possible to change the opinions of all of their listeners, but through this program, progressives can plant a seed within those who may be open to the truth.

Every weekday,these programs broadcast their harmful propaganda to audiences in the millions. They spread fear, normalize bigotry, and convince millions of our fellow citizens that up is down and right is wrong. But they have no defense against the most basic opposing arguments, since they only preach to the choir. From health care to climate change to the president's nationality, sometimes the simple truths are our most potent weapon.

In the 1980s, the Reagan administration scrapped the Fairness Doctrine, which had obligated broadcasters to tell both sides of the story. Ever since, we've seen the unchecked rise of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck and a host of imitators, all lying with impunity.

There are millions of people who never hear the other side of the story. Now they can. All it'll take is some volunteers willing to spread the facts.

We know the truth. There is a team dedicated to spreading it. The stations are taking progressives' calls. Our allies just need more volunteers so we can maximize the opportunity and shake up as many talk radio programs as possible.

Thanks for all you do,
–Justin, Julia, Milan, Elena, and the rest of the team
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